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LSC reports big demand for Train to Gain service

The Learning and Skills Council has announced that more than 15,000 employers are now using its Train to Gain service.

The organisation says demand for the service has soared, with an eight-fold increase in the number of employers that have started training since the service was rolled-out across England in August.

Train to Gain aims to encourage businesses and individuals to value and realise the benefits that learning and skills can bring and to invest appropriately. It is expected that by the end of 2010, over 500,000 learners will have achieved a first full Level 2 qualification through Train to Gain.

The cornerstone of Train to Gain is a free Skills Brokerage service that aims to match training needs with training providers and ensure that training is delivered to meet employer's needs.

David Way, national director of Skills at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) said: "Train to Gain is playing an instrumental role in tackling this crisis head-on by providing employers with expert advice on how and where to train staff to increase productivity. Employers told us this is what they need to succeed and Train to Gain is now helping more than 50,000 employees to get qualifications.

"Train to Gain is all about listening to employers and it is delivering - 89% of employers who have used it, tell us they are satisfied with the service. It has been piloted over the past four years across the country and we're confident that we've built a robust service that is here to stay."

The LSC says Train to Gain uptake is split across sectors as follows: health and care businesses have led the way in taking up the service with 22% of leads. Manufacturing firms and wholesale and retail have the second highest take up with 14% share of leads, followed by business services (11%), construction (8%) and hotels and restaurants (7%).

According to the LSC, 55% of employers involved with Train to Gain have never worked with training providers or invested in the development of their workforce before. The LSC adds that 13% of learners are aged 19-24, 70% are aged 25-49 and 17% are over 50.

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